Here I am in 1976, my Mom introduced me to tennis and I played from age seven through college. One of my New Years Resolutions this year is to get back on the court. Tennis got pushed aside when building my career and family but I am back in the game today sharing some fun ways to incorporate a little vintage tennis into your decor. Pull out those vintage tennis racquets from the attic, basement or garage and blow the dust off. If you need to purchase some stop by a local antique store or turn to Ebay for some nice options. I found this pail of old tennis racquets when visiting MackeyBlue in Hoboken this week and was inspired to find ways to use them for current design projects. I have used vintage tennis racquets in family rooms, game rooms, finished basements,beach houses, bedrooms, country clubs and even bathrooms.
This beach residence is an example of how simple it is to incorporate vintage racquets into your design. Below, a DIY you may have seen before but one of my favorites. racquet mirrors. Super easy to make once you get a piece of mirror cut, directions here. If you are not crafty I found some fabulous pre-made versions here.
Hang some old tennis racquets above a headboard for some instant art or attach them to the wall above the bed to create a headboard. I have seen this done directly on the wall or on a plain wood frame. To the left, an accent wall created with reclaimed lumber “serves” as the the perfect backdrop for the hanging racquets (I just love puns). Below, design a wall sculpture consisting of a large collection of old tennis racquets for a real wow factor when hung in a starburst fashion, add a clock in the center for a mid-century modern vibe (remember those fab retro star-burst clocks from that era)? I also had a client create an entire accent wall from vintage racquets, placing the bed in front of it for her teenager and it came out awesome.
I have made several versions of cork board tennis racquets but I love this one from My Paper Crane because the strings are exposed and it has a retro-hip factor, directions here. Further down, add some embroidery floss and weave a pattern or image onto the racquets strings. Try weaving a word or initials for a fun twist, makes a great gift for your BFF.
A final idea from our friends at Ready Made combines function and aesthetics for a hip jewelry caddy. I love that this vintage racquet has it’s original cover, this DIY does not look as good without it, directions here. Let us know if tennis is your thing and if you have ever decided to use it in your decor!